Book Chapters - Evidence of Scholarly Engagement

Include any punctuation such as a colon between title and subtitle - e.g. Trade measures, wto and climate compliance: The interplay of international regimes

Enter the last name only - e.g. Stokke

Scopus includes a large number of book chapters so the first thing you should do is to search for your chapter by its title.

If it is found the number of citations will be shown on the right of the entry and these can be examined and evaluated.

However, only a minority of book chapters will be found in Scopus in this way, and a search for citations of the chapter within the reference lists of articles and chapters will often find references. Even when there is a Scopus entry for your chapter, this search may yield further citations.

Again, these should be checked carefully.

Google Scholar is a good source for citations of book chapters becuase it searches a very large range of journals, as well as conference papers, reports, theses, some books and other legitimate scholarly literature not covered by the conventional databases -

Always check Google Scholar citations carefully and eliminate any that do not appear to be peer-reviewed academic work. This might include -
A good rule of thumb is to ask whether the work that has cited yours is one that you would exclude from citing yourself on quality grounds. If it is, then don't count it.

While Google Scholar will find some citations of chapters appearing in books, direct searching of Google Books can yield a significant number of citations -

Google Books carries out two types of search simultaneously. When you run the search above it firstly searches very precisely by the chapter author and title, and then secondly it uses words from the title for a much broader keyword search. This means that the number of results returned by a Google Books search will be massively inflated and should be disregarded.

Fortunately, the "valid" hits are brought to the top and the citations are clearly visible in the snippet that Google Books shows you. Scan through the results until you get to the point where the chapter title is not visible in the snippet - everything above that point should be a valid citation.

To see what was said about the chapter in the citing book click on the blue title link -

This will most likely take you to the reference in the bibliography which is not terribly helpful -

Search within the book's text by author name to find where the in-text citation occurs -

The in-text citation may give some clue as to the significance and meaning of the citation -


Fill out a worksheet with the following headings for your chapter

Number of times the work was validly cited in Scopus, Google Scholar and Google Books

Author(s) who cited the work most often. Note the numbers of articles they have published and their h-indices

Notable authors who cited the work

Positive or negative comments about the work from citing books and articles

A reflection on its significance to the audience